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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 March 2006, 12:38 GMT
Pundit predictions
Jeremy GuscottKeith WoodAndy NicolJonathan Davies

Just as the 2006 RBS Six Nations Championship went down to the wire in the final match at Twickenham, so to did the destination of our "King of the Pundits" title.

And just as last year Jonathan Davies mirrored Wales' success, Shane Horgan's dramatic late try for Ireland saw Keith Wood snatch bragging rights for this season.

Ireland's last-gasp victory saw "Woody" correctly predict 12 of the 15 matches, pipping Jeremy Guscott and Jonathan Davies, who both called 11 matches right, at the death.

Andy Nicol predicted the outcome of nine matches, but was the only one who tipped France to win the title on points difference, and Scotland to win at least two matches.

Ireland v Italy
England v Wales
Scotland v France

France v Ireland
Italy v England
Wales v Scotland

France v Italy
Scotland v England
Ireland v Wales

Ireland v Scotland
Wales v Italy
France v England

Italy v Scotland
Wales v France
England v Ireland

As hard as Grand Slams are to come by, France have to be favourites to do it this year.

They are temperamental but I find it hard to see them losing a game; they always want to win the England one the most.

I thought Ireland would be in trouble after the autumn, but with Leinster and Munster going well in Europe they appear in better shape now.

Scotland must be hopeful of an improved showing under Frank Hadden but with their injuries Wales could struggle.

VERDICT: FRANCE FOR THE GRAND SLAM
P W D L Pts
France 5 5 0 0 10
England 5 4 0 1 8
Ireland 5 3 0 2 6
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Scotland 5 1 0 4 2
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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Ireland v Italy
England v Wales
Scotland v France

France v Ireland
Italy v England
Wales v Scotland

France v Italy
Scotland v England
Ireland v Wales

Ireland v Scotland
Wales v Italy
France v England

Italy v Scotland
Wales v France
England v Ireland

I think it will be a French Grand Slam, or at least France winning the championship.

They can be beaten, I am just not sure by who - it could depend on Wales and how their injuries progress.

Ireland were poor in the autumn but I am far more optimistic with Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll back and the provinces at a high level.

I think Ireland will beat England by seven to nine points on the final day, but we will take a win by one!

VERDICT: FRANCE TO WIN - PROBABLY A GRAND SLAM
P W D L Pts
France 5 5 0 0 10
Ireland 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 3 0 2 6
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Scotland 5 1 0 4 2
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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Ireland v Italy
England v Wales
Scotland v France

France v Ireland
Italy v England
Wales v Scotland

France v Italy
Scotland v England
Ireland v Wales

Ireland v Scotland
Wales v Italy
France v England

Italy v Scotland
Wales v France
England v Ireland

I think Scotland will win two games this year which would be real progress, having won two in the last three years.

I have a funny feeling we might sneak a win down in Cardiff, with Wales missing several key individuals.

I think Wales will start slowly and lose their first three but improve to win their last two.

France might under-estimate them in their final game but I would still take the French to win the title on points difference from England.

VERDICT: TWO-WAY TIE - FRANCE ON POINTS DIFF.
P W D L Pts
France 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 4 0 1 8
Ireland 5 3 0 2 6
Scotland 5 2 0 3 4
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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Ireland v Italy
England v Wales
Scotland v France

France v Ireland
Italy v England
Wales v Scotland

France v Italy
Scotland v England
Ireland v Wales

Ireland v Scotland
Wales v Italy
France v England

Italy v Scotland
Wales v France
England v Ireland

With all their injuries and suspensions, the first game is all-important for Wales.

If they win it, I am sure they will have another good year but England will be out for revenge and start favourites.

England and France are the two best sides and you have to fancy France for the Grand Slam as they build towards next year's World Cup.

But it is very tight between the rest; the margins are minimal and they can all beat each other on the day.

VERDICT: FRANCE FOR THE GRAND SLAM
P W D L Pts
France 5 5 0 0 10
England 5 4 0 1 8
Ireland 5 3 0 2 6
Wales 5 2 0 3 4
Scotland 5 1 0 4 2
Italy 5 0 0 5 0

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